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Portraits of Strangers by Ibarionex Perello

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Legal Considerations

The first or second question that I’m asked about my street portraits is whether or not I have my subjects sign a model release. It’s a valid question because in this litigious society, people are concerned about their rights and vulnerabilities, especially in the world of photography. Though my personal practices should not be considered legal advice, here I’ll share what my practices are with respect to getting or not obtaining a signed a release.

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Canon 5D Mark III, 24mm lens, 1/1320sec at f/9, ISO 400

What Is a Model Release?

A model release is a legal document or form the subject signs that acknowledges that the person ...

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